Rukungiri hit by lumpy skin disease
People dealing in cattle business in Rukungiri district are counting losses following an out break of a deadly lumpy skin disease in Nyarushanje Sub county.
Stephen Ouma told the press yesterday,12th January that a deadly lumpy skin disease has prompted the authorities to impose quarantine on the movement of cattle until further notice.
The district Veterinary officer, Dr. Johnson Ninsiima said six cows have been sighted in one family in Bwanga parish Nyarushanje sub county which he said was alarming.
He added that lumpy skin disease can be spread by body contact as well as flies from affected cow to another.
Ninsiima said that lumpy skin disease is only common in cows unlike foot and mouth disease which can affect even sheep and goats.
He said goat and sheep market will continue, as vaccination of cows for the disease kicks off.
He advised that products from affected cows should not be consumed by human beings as it can have negative effects on human being.
This happened 4 months after the quarantine on cattle has been lifted after foot and mouth disease had hit Karuhembe Parish in Kebisoni Sub County.
The ministry of Agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry declared Rukungiri free of foot and mouth disease in August last year and the lumpy skin followed early January 2014.